Our brains are highly sophisticated machines capable of producing amazing things. Sometimes it can feel almost like a computer that has a virus though because our emotions can hold us back. We often doubt ourselves unnecessarily and live in a state of paranoia that can seem like a nightmare that never ends. Many forget that we do indeed control our lives, and even in a state of panic there is a right way and wrong way to think. Anxiety is ingrained into us to help us, but only if we let it.
As much as it is our brains fault, we must take responsibility for the behaviors in our lives. Not getting enough sleep, dieting too hard, not dieting at all, too much caffeine or other stimulants, and risk taking of any kind are some reasons that can lead to a paranoid state. Even marijuana or being hung over can lead to being in a state of paranoria. The point is that we can control many of these feelings that think we are powerless from controlling. Our lifestyle and our personal values control more things in our life than we may first think. Big Business’ answer to this is simply to hand you a pill through your doctor, something that has gotten out of control in this country. Not that no one needs them, but doctors today seem to not have as much integrity as many people once thought. Anytime the answer to my problem does not take perseverance, I question whether it is indeed the right choice.
Many times when we think we are being paranoid we are actually just worrying for good reason. Worrying can be a good thing because if we don’t worry about things that are important to us it can be a personal disaster.Worrying too much can fester inside of us and lead to panicking. Panicking is a terrible feeling that you really do physically feel through an increased heart rate, sweating, and higher blood pressure. I just try to remember that it is only a temporary feeling and that positive thinking is the only way to get through it. That means you simply need to think “I can” as opposed to “I can’t.” I know through my “good” worrying it will lead to me constructively using this energy I have to improve my situation in any way I know possible. It is never easy to look on the bright side of a tough situation, but that is exactly what you need to do.
I can still vividly remember a couple years back when I was having a panic attack in my apartment when I was still a retail manager. My terrible situation at the time of having a boss that was out to get me, working somewhere with no real future, and not having someone to share my life with made me snap. Most people associate snapping with getting a gun and going in to a movie theater. I on the other hand used this energy in a positive way to go out and get what I wanted from my life and stopped relying on others. I started my own company and took control of my life by being motivated from the negativity I was put under. We either take that adversity and build on it or we let it slowly devour our very being.
Being paranoid or having a panic attack is never a good feeling. Understanding why we feel this way through introspective thought can us help determine and give an explanation to the physical anxiety that strickens our body. Through positive thought and our new understanding of the situation we put ourselves in a better position to deal with our problems.We must look these issues in the face and decide whether it will suck you dry or inspire you to punch the world in the mouth and take back what is yours.